Lawrence C. Spanjer
July 5, 1920 ~ January 29, 2014
Lawrence “L.C” Spanjer passed away peacefully at Central Washington Hospital, surrounded by family on January 29 , 2014. Lawrence was born in Dryden, WA on July 5, 1920, to George and Anna Spanjer. He was one of 13 children. He grew up and attended school in Dryden, and the Cashmere High School. He was proud to say he played in the state basketball tournament for Dryden. Right out of high school, he bought his first orchard, with his older brother, Walt. Lawrence was then drafted to serve in World War II as an radio operator. He made lots of friends in the War, and always had fond memories of his times overseas. Lawrence and three other brothers were all in the service at the same time. All four brothers came home safely. After the War, he returned to Cashmere. He borrowed 500 dollars to buy his ‘first of many’ orchards in the valley. He enjoyed putting new ideas to work; he was one of the first to buy wind machines, use permanent sprinklers and was always grafting to get that magical variety. He was respected by many in the fruit industry.
On December 5, 1949, Lawrence married the love of his life, Dorothy L. Buchanan. They enjoyed a wonderful life until her passing on July 27, 2010. Together they had five children, Diana, Camilla, Bob, Jon, and Corky. Lawrence and Dorothy loved their children, grandchildren and all extended family. Together they farmed, raised their family, and enjoyed going all over to Dixie Land Jazz Festivals to dance. They also enjoyed travels to Hawaii, Mexico, and various cruises. He loved to promote things he believed in, such as Chain letters, gold stocks, Amway and especially, wearing your warm ups at all times during basketball games. Lawrence told this to every star at Cashmere High School for generations. Lawrence was very generous to his community. He would jump right in at all fundraisers for the Cashmere Schools, museum, or Wenatchee Valley College, where he and Dorothy have helped put over 100 students through school. Lawrence loved to dance his whole life, and he would say, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t learned to dance.” He attended the Wenatchee Senior Center dances up to his passing. Lawrence will be remembered by his passion for life, and love of people, and family, and his big, contagious smile.
Lawrence is survived by his children, Diana Sundal (Rey) of Mukilteo, WA; son, Bob Spanjer (Pat) of Wenatchee, WA; daughter, Camilla Spanjer of Alameda, CA; son, Jon Spanjer (Lisa) of Cashmere, WA; son, Corky Spanjer of Spokane, WA; and grandchildren, Ric (Rachel) Spanjer, Dave (Julie) Spanjer, Holly Spanjer, Ashley (David) Carnes, Jason Spanjer, Erica Spanjer, Jade (Adam) O’Brien, Rolin Fulbright, and Matt (Becca) Fulbright, all of the Cashmere and Chelan areas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
We will have a Memorial Service on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at The Wenatchee Valley Senior Center, located at 1312 Maple Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801.